Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: Advancing Cricket's Head Gear

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With Ryan McLaren ruled out of South Africa's second Test against Australia due to a concussion, ANTOINETTE MULLER looks at a company making helmets which challenge the conventional design, but all for the good of players' safety.

It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while, batsmen get struck on the head when facing up to a fierce bouncer. It's never good to see and, as in the case of Ryan McLaren, it can rule a player out of a match.

McLaren was pinned on the side of the head during the first Test against Australia and Mitchell Johnson's bouncer had him bleeding from behind his ear.

The South African bravely got up and carried on, but started showing signs of concussion the following day and was eventually hospitalised for a check-up - and has subsequently been ruled out of South Africa's second Test starting on Thursday.

Helmets have evolved a lot since they were first introduced in the seventies. They have, literally, saved lives. Yet, injuries still occur despite many evolutions in the designs and they happen far more often than you think.

McLaren isn't the first player to be pinned and badly injured by a nasty bouncer ....

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